Video Display Increases School Athletic Budget

A school with an average enrollment of 400 students turned their video display into a revenue generating opportunity.


Categories: High School Sports

Mount Airy High School in North Carolina is a Class 1A school. The school is fortunate to have the Mount Airy Youth Foundation (MAYF) to raise money for its needs and wants – especially since the video display they installed actually added to the annual athletic budget.

It all started when the Foundation decided to replace the school’s 30-year-old electronic incandescent football scoreboard.

“We planned on just installing a $50,000 message board, which we thought was astronomical,” says MAYF president Ken Peavy. “One of our directors on the board, Scott Lowry, went to a few other schools to check out their message boards, and he wasn’t impressed. They lacked the ‘wow’ factor for the money, and we didn’t want that. Scott was convinced we needed a video board, which was so much better but also expensive.”

Adding up the profits

MAYF, the city, school, school board and county commissioners negotiated and eventually all came together to purchase the Daktronics video display. Daktronics Sports Marketing Specialist Courtney Geiger helped MAYF put together some advertising packages. Then they anxiously started approaching sponsors.

On the screen, the camera panned in on the sponsors and volunteers who helped make it possible.
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 “We sold all the sponsorships in six weeks,” Peavy says. “We had 120 regular sponsors before we got the new video display. We emailed them all and called them so they could have first right of refusal. It ended up being almost a lottery to get them in, it was so popular.”

Here’s how it all worked out:

  • There are 10 signs around the display, which sold for $5,000 each.
  • MAYF added six more signs below the original advertisements, which sold for $3,000 each.
  • Before the display was erected, MAYF had $68,000 in yearly advertising commitments.
  • After the display was installed, MAYF sold $20,000 more in impression ad packages in which company logos looped on the  display during games.

Income brought in by video display sponsorships in the first year of use.

Type of sponsorship
Signs around display $50,000
Signs below display $18,000
Impression Ads $20,000
Total Value $88,000

Putting funds to good use

This is the third football season with the Daktronics video display, and the Foundation is putting their sponsorship proceeds to good use.

“The previous athletic budget was $25,000,” Peavy says. “Now it’s $35,000 because of the scoreboard. We are also using money to improve the school. This year we used $25,000 toward a new weight room. We got a throwback machine for the basketball team, and we got a volleyball serving machine.”

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